Ali Babacan, Abdul M. Al Jaber, Manouchehr Mottaki, and Hoshyar Zebari address the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland about the Middle East's role in peace building in the region.
The panel was chaired by Tony Blair.
Abdul M. Al Jaber
Abdul M. Al Jaber is Vice-Chairman of the Board of the World Economic Forum.
Ali Babacan is a Turkish politician. On August 29, 2007, he was named Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in the new cabinet of re-elected Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Babacan succeeded Abdullah Gül, who became President. He was previously Minister of Economy in the 58th cabinet from the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which came to power in November 2002.
Rt Hon Tony Blair
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom serving from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007, Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007 and Member of Parliament for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007.
On the day he stood down as Prime Minister, he was appointed official Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East on behalf of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia, and stepped down as an MP and became Steward of Her Majesty's Three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham in the county of Buckingham.
Tony Blair was elected Leader of the Labour Party in July 1994 following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith. Under Blair's leadership the party abandoned many policies that it had held for decades.
Labour won a landslide victory in the 1997 general election, which ended 18 years of rule by the Conservative Party with the heaviest Conservative defeat since 1832.
Blair is the Labour Party's longest-serving Prime Minister and the only person to have led the Labour Party to three consecutive general election victories.
Gordon Brown, Blair's Chancellor of the Exchequer during his ten years in office, succeeded him as Leader of the Labour Party on 24 June 2007 and as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007.
Manouchehr Mottaki is the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
During the 2005 presidential election, he was the campaign manager of Ali Larijani, the right-conservative candidate.
Hoshyar Zebari is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq. A Kurd originally from Aqrah, a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, Zebari holds a masters degree in sociology from the University of Essex, England and studied political science in Jordan. He was the foreign spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the 1990s and represented the party to both the United Kingdom and the United States.
He was appointed Foreign Minister of Iraq in 2003 by the Iraqi Governing Council and held the post for the Iraqi Interim Government, Iraqi Transitional Government and the first permanent government.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ali Babacan discusses Turkey's role in Middle East peace. Babacan believes there can be no military option in the Middle East and stresses that problems will only be resolved through political dialogue.
Abdul Al Jabar, CEO of Paltel Group in the Palestine territories, comments on conditions in the West Bank and calls for no more slogans, holding leaders accountable, and the need for real change. Al Jabar says the middle east is an exam for Obama, and if he fails in the middle east he won't succeed in the rest of the change he is going to bring.